Good work Google

Yesterday, when I was in Chennai, I run across this Google service accidently. What else to say?

Another V.Good for Google :-)

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Macro shots ...

I saw this article from Gilli on Macro photography by reversing the lens in an SLR. I tried it yesterday. After a lots and lots of trail & errors, I got some good shots. Check this image:

This is taken with a 50mm lens in normal way. Look at the all flowers. The lens cap should give you an idea about the size of those flowers. Now in macro mode, the same flowers:

If you have enough bandwidth, here is the high resolution full screen slide show (The pictures look much better in high resolution).

A brief guide on Reverse lens macro photography:

  • First things first - the object. First I tried with some plain flowers and the results were not reflecting in the efforts. It was just like a normal photograph. So select an object which will have lot of details when zoomed in

  • Take off your lens, reverse it and hold it to the mount. Keep the other end of the lens some 10-20 cms away from the object and try to move your lens+camera together towards the object. At some point you will find the object focussed. From there you can adjust the focus from your lens

  • Remember, the lens is out of its mount. You don't have any control over any of the lens functions. The aperture is wide open and no auto focus

  • You retain full control of your sensor. So Whitebalance/ISO are adjustable. Also the shutter speed. Change these settings with the fully open aperture in mind.

  • The DOF is too good. The focusable area is hardly one or two millimeters

  • Any small movement (either camera/object) will cause dramatic effects in the picture. You would have seen in the above shots itself

  • Try to get hold of a tripod and/or a reverse adapter. Believe me. Its a pain in your back to shoot without them :-(

  • Patience. You need a lot of patience. But the results will be worthy of the time you spent experimenting.

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What a deal!

Yesterday when I came out of Bangalore Airport, I saw a big advertisement for a residential apartment. It said about a free gift with every purchase and a jackpot prize for one person.  What's surprising in that - you ask. Well the free gift is a brand new BMW Car and the jackpot prize is a personal jet or a private island! I was about to fall down and then read the whole advertisement. The ad was by Damac and property is in Dubai. Hmmm, Ok. Bangaloer is real estate prices are under controlor is it that Bangalore people decided that the prices here are too high and started investing in "cheaper" ones like these? ;-)

I had my camera with me and took few snaps in the return journey. While my flight was waiting to enter the runway, another flight was landing. With the evening sun in the backdrop it came out as a nice snap. Check it out

Bangalore Airport Flight landing

Bangalore Coimbatore Flight

Bangalore Coimbatore Flight

Bangalore Coimbatore Flight

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Kid at the beach

A snap that I took two weeks back in Chennai. It got me quite a lot of good comments. One of my friend pinged me and said that he had this as his desktop wallpaper, so thought its worthy enough to post it here :-)

Kid at the beach

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